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Dr. Kasey Ragan

Dr. Kasey Ragan

Assistant Professor

“The most important things are to feel prepared for the work they’re doing, use innovation and evidence to improve the criminal justice system, and to have a better understanding of work with survivors of significant trauma.”

Degrees Held:

  • Ph.D. – University of California-Irvine, expected June 2021
  • M.S. – Northern Arizona University, December 2013
  • B.A. – University of Missouri-Kansas City

Career Highlights:

I research violence against women, domestic violence homicides, media and legal discourses, and immigration. I volunteered as a sexual assault victim advocate in Kansas City and collaborated with the Domestic Violence Death Review Team in Orange County, California.

In which online program(s) do you teach?

B.S. in Criminology

Which classes do you teach online?

Research Seminar, Applied Criminology, Victimology, Police and Society, and Introduction to Corrections

In what ways do you connect with online students?

I use videos, live chats, discussion boards, blogs and email.

What do you want your students to take away from class?

The most important things are to feel prepared for the work they’re doing, use innovation and evidence to improve the criminal justice system, and to have a better understanding of work with survivors of significant trauma.

Why did you start teaching?

I am passionate about mentoring students, especially since I was a non-traditional student and struggled to finish my bachelor’s degree while working and taking care of family. I love working with students, learning about who they are, where they want to go and determining the steps necessary to achieve their goals.

What advice would you give to your online students?

Don’t be afraid to ask questions and email or talk with your professors frequently. Ask for help when you need it.

What qualities make someone particularly successful in the field in which you teach?

Compassion, empathy and curiosity.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

“The Dark Tower“ series by Stephen King.

What do you do when you need a laugh?

Zoom with my family; we all live in different states.

Tell us something your students may not know about you:

I love organizing and designing spaces.

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